Scottish Daily Mail

33 travel ban fines is­sued in first week

- Scotland · Scottish Borders · Greater Glasgow · Glasgow · Scottish Government

PO­LICE Scot­land has is­sued 33 fixed penalty fines dur­ing the first five days of the coun­try’s tough new Covid-19 travel re­stric­tions.

Fig­ures re­leased by the force re­veal nine fines were handed out i n the Loth­i­ans and Scot­tish Bor­ders.

The other hotspots were Greater Glas­gow and La­nark­shire, which both recorded eight of­fences.

Peo­ple liv­ing in Level 3 or Level 4 ar­eas should only leave their coun­cil ar­eas if it is deemed ‘es­sen­tial’.

On Fri­day last week, more than two mil­lion peo­ple across 11 coun­cil ar­eas were moved to Level 4, while an­other ten local au­thor­ity ar­eas were placed in Level 3.

Fines start at £30, dou­bling to £60 if they are not paid within 28 days. Re­peat of­fend­ers can face fines of up to £960.

The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment said the new travel laws, which cover western and cen­tral parts of the coun­try, were needed to pre­vent the virus spread­ing to ar­eas where it is less preva­lent.

The po­lice have re­peat­edly said en­force­ment would be used only as a ‘last re­sort’.

Mean­while in the past week, 392 fixed penal­ties were is­sued for Covid breaches of all kinds and there were 37 ar­rests.

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